330 user 185 critic

The Fourth Kind (2009)

2:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.



(screenplay), (story) | 1 more credit »
3,049 ( 164)
1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dark Skies (2013)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

Director: Scott Stewart
Stars: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton
Biography | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.

Director: Robert Lieberman
Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A vacationing family encounters an alien threat in this thriller based on the real-life Brown Mountain Lights phenomenon in North Carolina.

Director: Matty Beckerman
Stars: Katherine Sigismund, Corey Eid, Riley Polanski
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

Director: Daniel Stamm
Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr
Biography | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A scientific research team investigates and documents the supernatural phenomena surrounding the disappearance of a cattle ranchers 10 year old son. Inspired by true events that shocked the paranormal community around the world.

Directors: Devin McGinn, Steve Berg
Stars: Britani Bateman, Taylor Bateman, Steve Berg
Adventure | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.

Director: David Twohy
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant
Apollo 18 (2011)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Stars: Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Directors: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

Director: Peter Cornwell
Stars: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Director: Oren Peli
Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.

Director: Russell Mulcahy
Stars: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Oded Fehr
The Possession I (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal
Stars: Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbey Tyler / Herself
Deputy Ryan
Cindy Stracinski
Tyne Rafaeli ...
Paul Stefanov ...
Timothy Fisher (as Pavel Stefanov)
Kiera McMaster ...
Joe Fisher
Sara Houghton ...


In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. Modern-day, Alaska, where-mysteriously since the 1960s-a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered. Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented. The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

alien | alaska | owl | abduction | patient | See All (78) »


There are four kinds of alien encounters. The fourth kind is abduction. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent/disturbing images, some terror, thematic elements and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:







Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contactos de cuarto tipo  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£851,476 (UK) (6 November 2009)


$25,464,480 (USA) (1 January 2010)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The habitual soundtrack used for the ending credits of the movies is changed by diverse audio tracks where people call a "UFO reporting center" explaining their sightings. See more »


In the film, there is a sheriff and deputies who provide police service to Tyler's home. This is wrong, as Nome has a police department and there are no sheriffs in the state of Alaska. See more »


[first lines]
Abbey Tyler: I'm actress Milla Jovovich, and I will be portraying Dr. Abigail Tyler in The Fourth Kind. This film is a dramatization of events that occurred October 1st through the 9th of 2000, in the Northern Alaskan town of Nome. To better explain the events of this story, the director has included actual archived footage throughout the film. This footage was acquired from Nome psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler, who has personally documented over 65 hours of video and audio materials during the ...
See more »

Crazy Credits

Over the closing credits; there are a series of radio interviews with eyewitness to close encounters of the first to fourth kind See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Interesting and thrilling
27 February 2010 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This is a rather interesting movie, and it deals with a phenomena that we all are more or less familiar with - alien abductions. Now whether or not you believe in this is entirely up to you, but give this movie a chance, if nothing else then for its entertainment value.

"The Fouth Kind" is a unique mix of documentary and ordinary movie, and it worked out well, though sometimes it was a bit too much with the actual footage, it was disruptive in some odd way.

The story is quite interesting and compelling, and it grabs a hold of you and keeps you nailed down till the very end of the movie. The characters were believable and well portrayed.

There were some pretty nice effects in the movie as well.

Now, the thing about the movie is whether this is real or just a hoax. And even if it just is a hoax, the movie leaves you with unanswered questions and a sense of brooding mysticism.

I found the movie to be thoroughly entertainment and good for some discussion afterwards. So despite of your approach whether aliens and alien abductions are real or not, sit down and watch this movie. It is good.

71 of 117 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Beggars belief. keithfisher-719-444795
Looking for similar movie zTeFaN
Sumarian translation frizzle_fried
Are there any people on this board that believe this movie is real? xenomorff
Directors idea that we are stupid Coolerjohn23
Has Anyone seen Fire In The Sky? halokittiekat
Discuss The Fourth Kind (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: